Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Street Plowing is Socialism!

Never miss a chance to party with the rich
'cause the rich know how to scratch that party itch.
For the rich don't care how much it costs
'cause a dollar saved is a dollar lost
when it's coming faster than you could ever spend it. ~ Party With The Rich, The Grandsons
Back in the Blizzard of '79, during the interim non-Daley Chicago Mayoral ship, Jane Bryne (a Daley acolyte) won election precisely because of the inadequate response to the Snow accumulation. This is an affront to God and America! Snow removal is anathema, if he didn't want it to snow he would have made Earth into Venus and then we'd all be living in the lake of fire!

Seriously, I wish the Tea Party would stage rallies in front of those giant Chicago public works lots housing those bastions of Socialism the snow plow/salt spreader! Why don't they stand and tell people if they want their streets and sidewalks clear they should do it themselves?

We all know the answer is because the Tea Party is a sham and the ignorant rabid rightwing which screams Socialism has no idea what that term means.

The Tea Party phenomenon is already done. They are quietly and quickly being subsumed into the Republican Party. Already the Tea Party Representatives are stealing Federal funds, most Tea Party and Republicans represent US states which get more money back from the Federal Government than they pay in taxes, and the same old GOP establishment lobbyists have hooked and ensnared the Teabaggers.

We have a few private roads in my town. This last weekend I had to respond to alarms and a Domestic Battery at homes (McMansions) on that road. Going there was horrid as my Crown Vic slid and fishtailed all over the winding inclined street. The Rich bastards who live off that road don't hire a private snow plow. I have no idea why. Perhaps, like the Tea Party they come to expect certain Government functions to happen without realizing from whence comes the funding.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Deceptive Practices

No One represents the American People. We've been sold into Wage Slavery and Serfdom to the Banking interests, by their wholly owned bureaucrats and thugs in the Republican Party and the deluded and corrupted portions of the Democratic Party.

"In Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks,” Congressman Spencer Bachus, Republican Alabama.
What are you doing Alabama?
You got the rest of the union
to help you along
What's going wrong?~ Neil Young, Alabama
At a time of 10% unemployment, pay freezes for middle class federal workers, the planned for destruction of social security and unemployment coverage, every breaking news story is of unprecedented record profits for Wall Street; Wall Street Sees Record Revenue in Recovery From Bailout.

What benefit does Wall Street provide to the American people? They no longer loan money to emerging small businesses, they do not seek to find rivals to established corporate behemoths, they no longer regulate themselves, they increasing create more and more byzantine "products" which are divorced from an actual commodity or crafted item. Or as the NewYorker asked; What Good is Wall Street?
Since 1980, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people employed in finance, broadly defined, has shot up from roughly five million to more than seven and a half million. During the same period, the profitability of the financial sector has increased greatly relative to other industries. Think of all the profits produced by businesses operating in the U.S. as a cake. Twenty-five years ago, the slice taken by financial firms was about a seventh of the whole. Last year, it was more than a quarter. (In 2006, at the peak of the boom, it was about a third.) In other words, during a period in which American companies have created iPhones, Home Depot, and Lipitor, the best place to work has been in an industry that doesn’t design, build, or sell a single tangible thing.
And when trouble came and the economy was faced with a meltdown caused by the rampant malfeasance of Wall Street? Those selfsame people who create nothing, those who do nothing but play fancy computer games of transferring little 1s and 0s from one ledger to another, were saved on the backs of the workers. And since then? Why they've created no new jobs, they've tightened loans, they've foreclosed homes, they've sought to destroy healthcare, GM and the UAW and anything which represents a protection to the Middle Class and Poor in America.

And why do they get away with it? Apparently because of the Grand Scale of their Theft. I've tracked down and caught any number of thieves in my capacity as a police officer. The latest was a man who attempted to pass off false coupons he created himself for a pack of Marlboro's. It's a Deceptive Practice. He's poor and will undoubtedly get a conviction for a Class A Misdemeanor for trying to pass off the worthless paper.

But, what does Wall Street get for passing off Trillions in worthless paper again and again and again? They get the full faith and force of the Federal Government every time. Welcome to Serfdom.

A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives [The New York Times]

How Wall Street Creates Socialists - E.J. Dionne And from the article, The *Money* Shot:
“Well,” Fabrice “Fabulous Fab” Tourre sent to his girlfriend, “what if we created a ‘thing’, which has no purpose, which is absolutely conceptual and highly theoretical and which nobody knows how to price?”

Perhaps Fab once read the Karl Marx who wrote: “The more abstract money is, the less natural its relationship to other commodities.”

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Heathcare Insurance Reform? Who needs that!

A co-founder of Chicago-based Canopy Financial pleaded guilty of defrauding investors and clients of more than $93 million, according to prosecutors.

Jeremy Blackburn, 37, of Bolingbrook, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court.Blackburn, a former president and chief operating officer of Canopy, admitted participating in a scheme to bilk investors out of $75 million and siphoning funds in excess of $18 million, from 1,600 customer accounts that were intended for medical expenses.

In September, Canopy’s chief technology officer, Anthony Banas, also pleaded guilty to wire fraud. He is due to be sentenced March 30.
This is Republican capitalism. This is the Republican Party's ideal of a perfect healthcare insurance industry. This is the economic policy of the Plutocrats and their dogs in the Republican Party which increasingly believe they own the American people.

Conservatives aren't the worst people on Earth but they sure enable the Republicans and chain themselves to Plutocracy. Conservatives have embraced the mantra of Government can't do anything right. They demand no government intrusion. And then when a unscrupulous person, like Jeremy Blackburn, or soulless Corporate board, like BP, motivated ony by the size of their golden parachutes commits massive fraud conservatives point and stammer "See government oversight is worthless!"

The BP Oil Gulf Disaster and Massey Energy Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion are just the most spectacular instances Republican malfeasance. The actions of Blackburn and Banas are indicative of conservatives' feelings, theft and greed are part of the Free Market and Government laws are just evil Socialism which hamper industrious Capitalists like themselves. Canopy's problem was their theft was too small. In order to receive Republican deference and protection they needed to steal Billions.

Monday, December 6, 2010

President Obama (R) Duping America

"The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier." ~ George Bernard Shaw
President Obama, has fooled the American people. But, not in the way the rabid Republicans have accused him of doing. He's not a secret kenyan radical destroying America for Socialism. President Obama isn't a Progressive, he's not a Liberal, heck he's not even a Democrat. No, President Obama is a Republican.

So, in a sense he is destroying America but it is by acquiescing to the demands of the Republicans and agreeing to Republican Piss Down Your Back and tell you it's Raining trickle down political and economic views which have enriched the Plutocrats and sewn the destruction of the Middle Class and Poor in this nation.

He removed the Public Option without a fight. He preemptively agreed tp Freeze the Pay of hard woking middle class Federal workers. And now President Obama has caved monumentally on Taxes agreeing to retain the monstrous Transfer of Wealth to the Rich Bush Rates, including setting the Estate Tax Rate at it's lowest in history, keeping Capital gains taxes at a mere 15% and failing to close the Corporate tax loop holes which allow American Companies to keep firing Americans and moving jobs to other countries.

President Obama appears to be a Corporate toady. I didn’t want to believe Obama was a lackey but the caving to everything the Republicans and Wall Street demand, expanding the War in Afghanistan, fighting to continue DADT and the working with the Republicans to quash and prevent any investigations of Bush and Cheney make it obvious. Obama not only isn’t the Progressive Superman we hoped for, he isn’t even a Democrat.

The entire Right, which only a few years ago said it was treason to question a sitting President during wartime, has called him terrorist-loving, marxist-muslim-hitler on the house floor, blamed him for President Bush's debt and for the malfeasance of BP and the actions of Wikileaks, insulted his birth, his parentage, his family and religion everyday. Yet, not only does he not fight back he ensures from his position to hamstring and geld the rest of the party as well.

He capitulates to everything they want and more.

How did it come to this?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Why christians hate Harry Potter

Christians hate Harry Potter because his books are far better crafted, far better written and are a far more internally consistent fairy tale than the collection of nonsense contained in their books of the bible.